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Single Airman Working Group opens support structure discussion

WASHINGTON -- Air Force officials here established the Single Airman Working Group to evaluate and develop morale and support programs for its members as part of the Year of the Air Force Family.

Officer and enlisted single Airmen representatives from each major command and subject-matter experts from several functional communities met Feb. 21 through 24 at Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Ala.

The forum's objective is to create an enduring roadmap that addresses the single Airmen support structure, said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James A. Roy.

"Single Airmen are members of the Air Force family," Chief Roy said. "They have unique challenges we need to focus on."

The group was specifically chartered to define the vision, arrive at a set of priorities and create a way ahead for the future.

The group worked to form a common foundation on issues such as the impact of generational, social and technological changes. Participants conducted several breakout groups where they discussed issues pertaining to life, work and play as Air Force members.

After two days of dialogue, the working group ended with the creation of three broad areas: communications and technology, social and recreational programs, and single Airman development.

Working group participants had the distinct opportunity to brief the priorities and future goals to Chief Roy as the session ended.

To help create ongoing awareness of the program, results of the SAWG will be included in both the Air Force Family Roadmap as well as the Caring for People forum in April.